Millions of people worldwide are now playing this high-tech version of the old Hide and Seek. Using a GPS-enabled device, they are using GPS coordinates and clues provided online to search for “buried treasure” hidden in forests, parks and other public places by fellow geocachers.
The treasure they are seeking is far from pirate’s gold. It is more likely an item like a coin, key, toy or CD or a book — hidden in a weatherproof container, or “cache.”
Sign the logbook
There’s also a “logbook” of some sort included in the cache, so the finder can leave a record of the find. The original “treasure” can be left in the cache, or replaced by an article of the finder’s choice.
Some cache contents are meant to travel on to new sites, as “hitchhikers,” their adventures reported online for followers to track.
Geocaching is a compelling outdoor activity, It’s recreational, educational, challenging and family friendly. Many school systems have introduced the activity into the curriculum.
You can learn lots more about the sport at the official geocaching website.
And, you don’t have to search far to discover geocaching activity near you!
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